Here is the actual reason Nigerian singer, Naira Marley, was granted bail by a Federal High Court Lagos, on the 30th of May 2019.
As we earlier reported, the singer named, Afeez Fashola was granted bail set at Two Million Naira.
Though this doesn’t mean the singer is free from the charges filed by the EFCC, it is at least a relief to his well wishers.
How Naira Marley’s EFCC drama began
On May 10, 2019, Naira Marley was arrested by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC alongside men now identified as rapper, Zlatan Ibile, Rahman Jago, Guccy Branch and blogger Biesloaded.
Five days later, Zlatan Ibile, and three others were released. No charges were filed against them.
The EFCC went on to file an 11-count fraud-related charge against Naira Marley. According to the commission, the singer engaged in fraud and cards carrying Nicole Louise Malyon, and Timea Fedorne Tatar were found on him.
The charges filed against Naira Marley by the EFCC reads….
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 11th day of December 2018, within the jurisdiction of this honourable court, conspired amongst yourselves to use Access card 42658840359191132 issued to persons other than you in a bid to obtain gain and you thereby committed an offence contrary to Section 27(1)(b) of the Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015 and punishable under Section 33(2) of the Same Act.
“That you, Azeez Adeshina Fashola, aka Naira Marley, and Raze (still at large), on or about the 10th day of May 2019, within the jurisdiction of this honorable court, with intent to defraud possessed, counterfeit card 4921819410257431 issued to Timea Fedorne Tatar and you thereby committed an offence contrary to and punishable under Section 33(9) of Cyber Crimes (Prohibition, Prevention etc) Act 2015.”
How long can Naira Marley spend in Jail?
This sort of crimes don’t carry long jail terms. So, if found guilty, Naira Marley faces imprisonment for a term of not more than seven years or a fine of not more than N5,000,000.00 and forfeiture of the advantage or value derived from his act.
That is not quite long a time.
So why was Naira Marley granted bail by the Federal High Court?
In the hot afternoon of May 30, 2019, the Federal High Court Lagos, granted Naira Marley bail at the resumed bail application.
His lead defense counsel Olalekan Ojo for the singer apologized for his absence at the initial arraignment on May 20 due to heavy down poor.
Ojo urged the court to accept the bail application Prima Facie based on the presumption of his innocence in accordance with Section 162 (1).
Though the prosecution counsel, led by Rotimi Oyedepo, stated that he would like for an accelerated hearing of the singers case (We all know how slow Nigerian judicial system can be….if you don’t ask Dansuki).
He added that since the lawyer of the defendant said the defendant is a celebrity, then his actions and inactions have a multiplier effect on youths in the entire federation. (That is not a lie, if truly Naira Marley is guilty of the charges filed against him then he needs to do the time).
Justice Nicholas Oweibo who presided over the bail hearing after listening to the defense and prosecution arguments granted the singer bail to the sum of two million Naira, two sureties.
Let’s keep our arms folded and watch as things continue to unfold.